Posts Tagged ‘drugs’

More than 130,000 Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgeries take place each year with the majority of patients not requiring pain medication after three months post-operatively. However, researchers have found that those patients who were filling opioid prescriptions prior to surgery were 10 times more likely to be filling prescriptions five months after surgery.

Source: Patients taking opioids prior to ACL surgery more likely to be on pain medications longer — ScienceDaily

 

That brilliance could be read, “Patients who have lower thresholds of pain and/or more extensive ACL damage,  are more likely to use opiates longer”.  Well, DUH!  Where is the causality?  Are people in greater pain more likely to take opiates before surgery, as well as for longer after?  This may be the causal factor vs the implication that if we withhold pain relief until after surgery, it will toughen people to do without pain relief quicker.  Puh-lease.  They are not determining the causal factor here.  Bad study.

AuntieBS

Memory performance decreases with increasing age. Cannabis can reverse these ageing processes in the brain. This was shown in mice by scientists at the University of Bonn with their colleagues at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel). Old animals were able to regress to the state of two-month-old mice with a prolonged low-dose treatment with a cannabis active ingredient. This opens up new options, for instance, when it comes to treating dementia.

Source: Cannabis reverses aging processes in the brain, study suggests: Researchers restore the memory performance of Methuselah mice to a juvenile stage — ScienceDaily

The DEA must be upset.  Clearly, they ignore all the scientific evidence and pursue their own job-preserving ways, while they ruin people’s lives and stifle research.  And, Congress knows this (or are complete idiots) but has their lips firmly on Big Parma’s butt cheeks.  (Sigh)  When will we ever emerge from the dark ages?

AuntieBS

Addict Behav. 2017 Apr 4;72:138-143. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.04.006. [Epub ahead of print]

Source: Intentional cannabis use to reduce crack cocaine use in a Canadian setting: A longitudinal analysis. – PubMed – NCBI

In the first prospective study of synthetic cannabinoids or SCs — the group of chemicals that mimic the effects of marijuana — researchers have found that symptoms of depression, drinking alcohol, or using marijuana was linked to an increased risk of SC use one year later.

Source: Depression, alcohol, and marijuana linked to later use of synthetic marijuana among teens — ScienceDaily
Do you even have to read this garbage to know what it means?  It can be summarized as “DEPRESSED TEENS MORE LIKELY TO USE INTOXICANTS”, which isn’t science or news, but simply common sense.  But, to their credit, they did say:

“With respect to mental health, the researchers found that depressive symptoms, but not anxiety or impulsivity, were predictive of later [Synthetic Cannabinoids] use, suggesting that symptoms of depression may increase the likelihood of use. The same relationship between depressive symptoms and greater propensity for marijuana use was not found.

Alcohol and synthetic cannabinoids are much more powerful intoxicants and thereby provide greater escapes from reality, so this is no surprise.  But, the title of this paper implies that marijuana may be causal, so watch for lay journalists in the mainstream media to promote just that meme.

AuntieBS

Chronic pain sufferers and those taking mental health meds would rather turn to cannabis instead of their prescribed opioid medication, according to new research.

Source: Given the choice, patients will reach for cannabis over prescribed opioids — ScienceDaily

The medicinal properties of cannabidiol are quickly drawing the attention of scientists, plant-medicine lovers, dietary-supplement companies and Big Pharma.

Source: The Battle For Cannabidiol (CBD): Big Pharma VS The People | HoneyColony

Just incredible!  CBD is not psychoactive and should be in the same category as over-the-counter supplements, like herbal teas, echinacea, ginger, Valerian root, chamomile, etc.  But, because it offers medicinal help, the DEA bans it to support big phramaceutical companies.  I sure would like to see the DEA disbanded, as they’ve sucked more than a trillion dollars in tax money, and what have they accomplished?  A million people in prison, $5 heroin, and ubiquitous methamphetamine.  If a company was that effective, it would be bankrupt.  Why is Congress not chastising them and defunding them over such disingenuous ineffectiveness?

AuntieBS

The concentration of the euphoriant THC in cannabis has tripled in the space of 20 years in Denmark. The reason may be a systematic processing of the cannabis plants, some of which are being grown in skunk farms in Denmark. Cannabis of such high quality can lead to a greater risk of harm and adverse side effects. This is in particular a problem for the large group of young people who smoke it several times a month.

Source: Danish cannabis is stronger than ever: The concentration of the euphoriant THC in cannabis has tripled in the space of 20 years — ScienceDaily

Talking in dramatic terms about new, stronger cannabis is a non-starter, because MUCH stronger forms of cannabis and cannabis concentrates have been around for many decades.  Just as one does not chug vodka or Everclear like they might a beer, people don’t smoke joints of hashish or 80% concentrates.  Instead of smoking harsh joints, people now have one or two tokes from a vaporizer or pipe, sometimes known as a “pinch hitter”.

Pot strength IS a valid concern in unmarked edibles, however.  Someone eating  too much cannabis can easily OD, and experience unpleasant effects, none of which are lethal, unlike ODing on alcohol or other drugs.  Edibles should always be clearly labeled as to strength and kept away from children.

Strong cannabis should be everyone’s goal, because one ingests fewer tars and other unwanted smoke particulates and distillates,  because fewer tokes are necessary.

AuntieBS